Parnas says he doesn't think that Joe Biden did anything wrong regarding Ukraine

Parnas says he doesn't think that Joe Biden did anything wrong regarding Ukraine

Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of the president's personal lawyer, Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiGiuliani: Bloomberg 'jeopardized' stop and frisk by 'overusing it' Giuliani asked for post-9/11 mayoral election to be canceled so he could stay in office: book House panel says key witness isn't cooperating in probe into Yovanovitch surveillance MORE, and a key figure in the pressure campaign against Ukraine that is at the center of the impeachment proceedings says he does not believe that former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Hillicon Valley: Dems cancel surveillance vote after pushback to amendments | Facebook to ban certain coronavirus ads | Lawmakers grill online ticketing execs | Hacker accessed facial recognition company's database Vulnerable Democrats brace for Sanders atop ticket MORE (D) did anything wrong regarding his past decisions in the country. 

In an interview Wednesday with MSNBC's Rachel MaddowRachel Anne MaddowTlaib says she held Omar's hand during 'triggering' moments at Trump's State of the Union speech Schiff: Bolton 'refused' to submit affidavit on Trump's involvement in Ukraine controversy Tlaib says mention of Kavanaugh was 'trigger' to walk out of Trump speech MORE, Parnas said that after reviewing Biden's efforts to oust a former top prosecutor in Ukraine who was purportedly corrupt, Parnas thought Biden had acted appropriately.

"After analyzing all the evidence and sitting back and really understanding what's going on, I don't think Vice President Biden did anything wrong. I think he was protecting our country and getting rid of, probably, a crooked attorney general," Parnas said.

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His statement comes after claims made by President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE and Giuliani that Biden's efforts to oust the prosecutor were motivated by the prosecutor's investigation into Burisma, a company for which Biden's son, Hunter, served as a board member. These claims, however, have been unsubstantiated. 

During his interview Wednesday, Parnas alleged that Trump's interest in Ukraine had nothing to do with rooting out corruption in the country but hinged solely on his efforts to discredit Biden.

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"[I]t was never about corruption," Parnas said. "It was never — it was strictly about Burisma, which included Hunter Biden and Joe Biden."

The new allegations presented by Parnas further raises questions about whether the Senate will call other witnesses — including Parnas himself and former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonOvernight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Bolton's lost leverage Azar downplays chance Trump will appoint coronavirus czar MORE — to the stand during an impeachment trial that is poised to confirm the trial rules and hear oral arguments in the near future. 

Parnas's account supports Democrats' claims that the president withheld military aid to Ukraine over his desire for the nation's then-newly elected president to launch an investigation into Biden, a top candidate for the 2020 Democratic Party nomination.